Ways to customize ukulele

Ways to customize ukulele

Recently, a small Hawaiian guitar has become a very popular tool, because to learn how to play it is quite simple, and the melodies are beautiful. Imagine that the moment came when you purchased your dream tool, but it sounds not as good as I would like. Do not hurry to get upset: to start playing at such a melody to start playing at ukulele, first you need to set up strings.

To configure the tool, there is no need to go to music school and thoroughly study a touch letter – thanks to modern technologies to establish sound even newcomer at home. In this article, we will tell you how to independently set up a four-fold guitar with the help of special programs, as well as give some tips on how to determine the correctness of the sound.


The building of the notes on the ukulele is the same as the standard guitar system of the six-string tool, but only from the 1st to the 4th String. And the tonality of the Hawaiian guitar is slightly higher than the first four strings of the classic guitar. Therefore, even taking into account the fact that four-tool and six-strings are much in common, to configure them in one way will not work.

In addition, there are four types of ukulele, which also differ slightly among themselves on the sound, the size of the case and the system of notes.

Therefore, in order not to get confused in models, consider each of them.

  • Soprano. The most common type of Hawaiian guitar, which is often called “children’s” due to a small size. This crumble is really quite small – its length from the start of the housing to the tip of the grid is not more than 53 cm. The classic system of such a guitar – GCEA or “Sol-up-Mi-la”, if you start with the tolstoy – fourth – strings (top). A pretty simple structure, but there is a small feature in it, which will seem unusual classic guitarists, – the first three strings are configured in the same octave.
  • Concert. This type of Hawaiian guitar is different from soprano slightly large size – the tool reaches a maximum of 62 cm long. Thanks to the new parameters, the tool sounds more loud, without losing high tone of notes. The guitar system of the concert tool does not differ from soprano – to customize it in the notes of GCEA with the fourth in the first string, respectively.
  • Tenor. Such a type of four toast appeared in the 20s of the last century, its size is 66 cm. The option is universal, as it can be configured either exactly on the same system that they have soprano and concert models (GCEA), or lower down on the tonality – DGBE or “Re-Sol-Si-Mi” (building the first strings of the classic guitar). Even if you decide to set the sound of strings on the second method, there will be no problems – the system is usual, however, now within the same octaves are the second, third and fourth strings (upper three).
  • Baritone. The youngest kind of ukulele, which appeared in the 40s of the 20th century, and became popular in the early 2000s. The four-edge is the largest representative of a series of ukulele: its size is 76 cm. Standard tool system can not be higher than DGBE, where the first string is configured to the “Mi” sound of the first octave.

The newcomer will be quite difficult to figure out the correct sound of the instrument, so we offer you an instruction on setting up in several methods: with special programs, online tuners, as well as on rumor. For a novice musician, modern technologies are most suitable – programs and online services. They will significantly simplify the process of configuring four tools. But there are situations when there is no possibility to get to modern innovations, so it will be reasonable to learn how to customize the tool and ear.

How to set up using tuner?

Purchasing a musical instrument, you must be prepared for the fact that it will be necessary to configure it before each occupation. You can do this by downloading the application on your smartphone or using the online tuner, in which the sound perception of the equipment occurs through the microphone. It is very important to remember that the ukulele setting is made according to the principles that differ from the settings of the usual guitar.

Consider at the beginning the easiest and most common setup method – with an online tuner. The program will help novice musicians to establish the tonality of ukulele on any kind of variety – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. Establish the necessary sound of each string is quite easy – you just need to bring ukulele to the microphone and remove the sound from the adjustable string. The tuner will determine the frequency of sound and display on the screen that you need to do – pull it out or loosen.

So, consider step-by-step instructions for the Hawaiian instrument using an online tuner.

  • Connect the microphone to your PC, give the program permission to use it.
  • Consistently start setting up strings. Start it to do with the highest of them – the first (A).
  • Select the desired sound on a notice scale.
  • Apply the neck guitar to the microphone and confidently remove the sound.
  • A indicator will appear on the screen that can be green or red. Green color says that the string is set correctly. Red signals that the ring is weakened or pulled – in this case, pay attention to the slope of the indicator. If the red sensor arrows are directed to the left – it means that the ring must be pulled. In the case when the sensor points to the right – the ring is too stretched, it must be released a little.
  • After each manipulation with the ring re-check the sound of the string – so you will achieve the most qualitative result.
  • Alternately adjust the remaining strings (E, C and G).
  • Turn the slices slowly and carefully, so as not to injure strings. When stretching strings, light clicks are usually published, you should not be afraid of them – this is normal.
  • Configuring the tool, swipe gently and slowly on the strings from top to bottom to check the cleanliness of the sounds.

And there is also a special mechanism – a compact tuner, which is installed on the game of the guitar or next to it. On the device screen, you can select the necessary sounds to be configured tool.

The mechanism is equipped with an arrow, very sensitive to the oscillations of the string after the pin. If the sensor deflects to the left, it means that it is necessary to turn the ring to an increase in the tension, and if the right – the string must be released. Such a device most often uses in music stores – Tuner Mobile and very convenient in use.

Another modern method of setting up ukulele – using online programs. Consider several applications that are suitable for setting up ukulele.

  • Tuner Pocket. This program helps to configure not only soprano – with the help of Pocket, you can adjust another 7 different strings buildings. The application can be found in two versions: free and paid. They practically do not differ from each other, but there are no advertising in a paid tower, and there are more additional features.
  • Tuner Guitartuna. Even experienced musicians are used by such a program, since it presents professional regime with many thin nuances. But for beginners, the app is great, in addition, it has other necessary things for beginners – a metronome for creating a rhythm, a warehouse of chords and tabulatures, about 100 different buildings and a chromatic tuner.
  • UKULELE TUNER application. Very sensitive program that perfectly set up every string. By virtue of the features, it is necessary to use such a tuner in the most silent room – foreign sounds may disrupt the operation of the program.

Customize on rumor

Customize the ukulele on rumor – not the most simple lesson, most often do experienced musicians. But with little training, even a newcomer can well configure the strings to the desired sounds. However, it is better to use this method in cases where there is no possibility to use a tuner and get the exact sound on the first string. It is from this sound that begins to adjust all other strings on the ukulele.

Consider a Read more Setting up a Hawaiian hearing guitar.

  • First of all, it is necessary to maximize the sound of the upper string as accurately – it has the sound of the first octave. To compare the sound of this note, you can listen to it on a piano or other well-tuned tool. And you can also use different tunes – fork, fuch or electronic. In the extreme case, pull the string approximately, but so that it has elasticity and pure sound.
  • After setting up the first string to the height you need, go to the second. Further setting is made easier, since you already have a tuned base tone. To set up a second string on a note E (“Mi” of the first octave), press it with your finger on the fifth Lada and remove the sound. At the same time, pinch the free first string and compare the sound – a properly tuned second string, squeezed on the fifth rud, sounds the same with the open first. If the sound is different, determine which way: too low tone must be fixed, rotating the ring towards the string tension, otherwise, on the contrary, let go of the string, turning the flake in the direction of weakening. Sometimes you have a little tinker to achieve the same sound of compared strings.
  • The third string is configured in a similar way, but it is necessary to compare its sound with the second open string. To get a note C (“to” the first octave) on the third string, it is necessary to press it on the fourth Lada. Then lose the resulting sound and compare with the sound of the open second string – they should sound in unison (equally). If necessary, add or loosen the tension using a ring.
  • The last string is configured on the note G (“salt” of a small octave), for this again it is necessary to compare the stroke with an open first string. To properly set up the lowest tone in a strict ukulele, press the fourth string on the second Lada. Remove the sound from it and compare it with the sound of the open first string – if they match, it means that the string is set correctly. Only it is worth considering: these sounds are absolutely different, the whole Octava separates them. But since they are both called “la”, the sounds of them merge into one whole, the rumor is well felt.

After the configuration process is completed, try to lose a few chords – It will help you to hear the purity of the sound. In addition, the playback of chords allows you to notice possible errors in a strict ukulele, so we recommend doing it immediately after setting.

And one more small, but useful advice – when you exhibit the desired sound on the string, at the same time spoil or say a note. Such an exercise will develop your musical rumor, and this will help learn how to play and sing at the same time.

How easy it is easy to configure ukulele with a phone, see the following video.

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